Longview 1882. Many of the inhabitants of the Lone Star state are little aware of the rapid strides that this beautiful little town, ankle deep in the meadow grass and flowers, is making at present, and the life that is infused into her citizens, both in the way of enterprise in business, and in the amusements in the social circle, not to say anything of the fun among “the boys.”
Longview, with its 2,000 inhabitants, can boast of its progress, with its handsome brick court-house, its five churches, its numerous first-class business houses and the number of improvements in the way of building, until ere long the Junction and town will be as one, and be entitled to be called a city. Lots which could be bought a few years ago at a very low price, are now said to be worth twenty times the amount. The town is situated on an elevation and has such good drainage that is is noted as a healthy location. It is surrounded by beautiful green pine woods, and grass, and undergrowth of the other woods, to which add to the home cultured and wild flowers, and you have an idea of the beauty of the place.
The Junction is also alive with business, night and ay, with it numerous trains, both passenger and freight, on the International & Great Northern and Texas & Pacific railroads, the latter (freight trains) being heavily freighted with all articles of commerce. Society is most excellent, and the stranger who conducts him or herself properly is taken by the hand and given a warm welcome. Her educational advantages are also good, especially in regard to teaching the younger members of a family. – Dallas Weekly Herald, Dallas, TX 6 Apr 1882
Longview History 1937. The City of Longview. Unprecedented growth, development and expansion have come to Longview, since January 1, 1931. Population gains have been phenominal. Business and commercial development has shown rapid progress. Churches and schools have added new buildings. Municipal improvements have kept pace with general growth. The federal census in 1930 gave Longview 5,036 population. Conservative estimates in 1935 place the city’s population in excess of 20,000. Many figures are available to substantiate the truth of this estimate. During the past four years light meters in Longview have increased from 1149 to 4061, gas meters from 987 to 3047, water meters from 851 to 2263, and telephones from 1069 to 3162. Enrollment in the city schools has increased nearly 300 per cent. Continue Reading Longview History Written in 1937 >>